UACCB COVID-19 Update March 27, 2020

Posted Date - 3/27/20

The UACCB administration, faculty and staff would like to remind all students to accept the guidelines and directives that will be required to lessen the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. These include practicing regular hand washing, social distancing, and to limit social gatherings to groups of fewer than 10 people. We must all do our part to ensure the safety of our friends, family and neighbors.

As spring break begins to draw to an end, and in an effort to keep students, faculty and staff informed, UACCB has not received notification of any confirmed employee or student cases of COVID-19 at the present time. Please be reminded it is extremely important to use reliable sources to verify all information.

On March 30, UACCB will resume classes via remote learning and will continue to utilize Blackboard to access courses through April 17. To provide support for student learning, the Row Johns Library and the Student Success Center will be open (8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.) for student access. The requirement for social distancing will be strictly enforced and student access will be limited to 10 students at a time. When entering the facilities, students will be expected to identify any health concerns.

Additionally, a significant announcement has been made regarding financial aid. At the state level, Director Maria Markham, Arkansas Division of Higher Education, announced that “…due to the public health emergency, the department will suspend the continuing eligibility requirements for the spring semester for any student enrolled in the appropriate number of credit hours the week prior to spring break. This includes both GPA and credit hour requirements.” View the announcement from the ADHE here.

It is uncertain as to how long this new “normal” will continue. UACCB has and will continue to rely on Governor Hutchinson and our local leaders to provide guidance in this area.

There is one thing that is certain. UACCB students, faculty, and staff are a resilient group of individuals that form a tremendously talented team. As Helen Keller said, “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.”

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Campus community,

Cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in Arkansas and in our region.  Earlier today, the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees passed a resolution for campuses to implement mask wearing policies.  The UACCB Administrative Cabinet has reenacted Campus Procedure 220.20, Face Coverings and Social Distancing for Student, Employees, Guests, and Visitors.  

Effective immediately, UACCB will require all students, employees, guests, and visitors to wear masks indoors.  

This revision of Campus Procedure 220.20 is tied to CDC data regarding the level of community transmission for our area.  We will utilize a “stop light” indicator system, depending on the level of community transmission:

RED: The level of community transmission is high or substantial, masks are required.
YELLOW: The level of community transmission is moderate, masks are recommended.
GREEN: The level of community transmission is low, normal campus normal operations are in effect.

Our area is currently in RED: the level of community transmission is high, and masks are required.

The UACCB Administrative Cabinet will monitor the CDC rating and will evaluate the scale weekly.  This is a small step we can take to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and ensure we can maintain in-person learning.

Thank you.

Zach Perrine

Interim Chancellor

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